More rumors of Start button addition in Windows 8.1 pop up

The Windows 8.1 Start button might look something like the one on Stardock's Start8 program

Rumors have been hitting the Internet for weeks that Microsoft is planning to add a Start button to the upcoming release of Windows 8.1, also known as Windows Blue. Today, ZDNet claims to have more details about how the Start button will work in Microsoft's free update to Windows 8, which is scheduled for a public preview on June 26th.

ZDNet.com's unnamed sources claim that the Start button will look much like the Start button on Stardock's third party program Start8, and will also be placed in the same location; on the left bottom side of the taskbar. 

The Start button will not be immediately visible when a Windows 8.1 user is in the Modern style Start Screen or inside a Windows 8 app, according to the article. Instead, it will show up when a user moves the cursor over to the left bottom side of the screen.

The ZDNet.com article also claims that Windows 8.1 will have a much requested feature for Windows 8 users; a way to boot directly to the desktop. People who don't want to see the Start Screen will also be able to mask it with an "All Apps" list in Windows 8.1. Finally, the article claims that the same background for the desktop UI can also be used for the desktop for the Start Screen in Windows 8.1. The idea is that having a common background for both will make switching between the two UI setups less of a jolt for users.

Source: ZDNet.com | Image via Stardock

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Can you not see these are all token changes. It does not address fundamental issues with the Windows 8 Series of operating systems nor does it really detract much from Win8x's eventual goals. Basically trivial.

Now if the "All Apps" view can be configured to not take up the full screen, they might have something. Just make sure that "Shutdown" and "Logoff" buttons are clearly visible.

there is a nice physical button on your pc for poweing it down, you can push it even WITHOUT THE MOUSE (no clicks, holy speed batman!)
as for the logoff click on your user pic - as you do on countless websites for countless years

however you are right about making things clear: no need for all this crap with start button/menu, what win8 needs is a f_cking 3min long tutorial, can be done while "setting up your pc"

morden said,
there is a nice physical button on your pc for poweing it down, you can push it even WITHOUT THE MOUSE (no clicks, holy speed batman!)
as for the logoff click on your user pic - as you do on countless websites for countless years

however you are right about making things clear: no need for all this crap with start button/menu, what win8 needs is a f_cking 3min long tutorial, can be done while "setting up your pc"


I agree you have a point about the shutdown button. However, what if I wanted to reboot? It's handy to have all of these items in one easy to find place. The logoff button should be placed near them also.

paulheu said,
As long as I can disable this fine. I do not need a pointless icon on the taskbar..

You mean you would like them to include it only as an option? That actually sounds like a great idea.

"an" All Apps screen? should probably be written as "the" All Apps screen, since All Apps already exists in Windows 8, but can only be accessed via the Search charm or the All Apps button on the Start screen.

People seem to have forgotten Win8 Developer Preview. This is where Stardock got the inspiration from, not the other way around.

more like regress. But MS had to satisfied the people who whine.

I mean just as many that got used to the start screen even if they didn't like it initially find it that the start button/menu is not that great.

That would be the smart move for MS; however, enraptured by their arrogance, I'm not sure they recognize the point of the children's story "The Emperor has no clothes."

Very much the better...MS should have given users the choice of UI upon installation--Windows-8 Metro/tiles OR Windows-7 desktop! The return of the Start button is just a small start at repairing the self-inflicted damage done with the current releases of Windows-8. Touch-centric devices are only a very small part of the PC "ecosystem."